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 Post subject: Climate of fear
PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 11:36 pm 
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Parts of the USA Today report on Jack Kelley are online. The scariest part is probably this one:<p>Chapter 4: Climate of fear?<p>Question of the night: Does the condition extend down the food chain to lesser papers?


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 Post subject: Re: Climate of fear
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:13 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Pete Zicari:
Parts of the USA Today report on Jack Kelley are online. The scariest part is probably this one:<p>Chapter 4: Climate of fear?<p>Question of the night: Does the condition extend down the food chain to lesser papers?<hr></blockquote><p>That's a rhetorical question, right?<p>One of my early lessons about the need to fight involved an expose that identified a witness before he was to appear before a grand jury. The story also mocked the accused. I repeatedly questioned the propriety of the story, but acquiesced to the more experienced and powerful in the newsroom.<p>That man never testified. Instead, his battered body was found on a mountain. According to the autopsy report, he probably died of torture before the gunfire began.
The grand jury had nothing to go on. The accused walked. The paper never printed another word to follow its expose. The disaster was never discussed.


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 Post subject: Re: Climate of fear
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:12 pm 
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I notice that much of the atmosphere of fear at USA Today seems to involve what's written, or what people are afraid will be written, in so-called performance evaluations. Anyone out there know of a case where someone's work improved, or someone's attitude toward work changed for the better, as a result of these evaluations?
<p>I surely don't.


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 Post subject: Re: Climate of fear
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:27 pm 
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Well, as we all know, "evaluations" are merely ass-covering sessions for managers.


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 Post subject: Re: Climate of fear
PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 11:35 pm 
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I have little experience with "preformance reviews," but I think Bill Connolly is right [His posting is on the ACES message board]. However, the vast majority of middle managers at U.S. newspapers are in no intellectual position to conduct such reviews. I might get a "fair" or helpful review at the Washington Post or the New York Times (or, of course, I might not), but I'm not willing to chance it at many other newspapers, where "supervisors" are far less likely to "get it."


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 Post subject: Re: Climate of fear
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 12:30 pm 
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Is it me, or has blanp more or less agreed with what I've said?


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